EMPORIUM, Pa. – Police in north-central Pennsylvania have been searching for a 58-year-old man they describe as "armed and aggravated" following his botched kidnapping of a bank employee because he was apparently upset over his house being foreclosed.
Police aren't identifying the Citizens Bank employee, but say Thomas R. Smith, of Emporium, kidnapped the woman who escaped when she dove out of her vehicle while Smith was allegedly forcing her to drive at gunpoint Wednesday.
Police in various parts of Cameron and Elk counties, about 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, searched for Smith but had still not found him by Thursday morning.
Emporium police Chief John Lovett says Smith walks with a limp, but is considered dangerous because he remains "armed and aggravated." Lovett tells The Associated Press police have a car outside the bank in case he returns.